Mommy Stuff

West Island Mommies fans – we are calling on you to help out this holiday season!

We are teaming up with local food bank On Rock to help families in need in the West Island this holiday season. On Rock is a food bank located in Pierrefonds that delivers much needed food to close to 230 families every week. For Christmas they will be delivering a food basket to each of these families so that they can enjoy a traditional Christmas meal and with the food basket, they also include a box of gifts for the children under 18 in the family.

This year we will be helping to collect new toys/items/gift cards so that each of these families will have something to put under the tree for their kids. This is where you come in! Here is what they are in need of:

  • Ages 1-4
  • Ages 5-7
  • Ages 8-10
  • Ages 11-13
  • Ages 14 to 20yrs old

While they are in need of gifts for all ages, the older groups are always the hardest to fill, so we want to help them in all age groups. New toys for the younger ages are great, but they are looking for gift cards to give out to the older kids as well. A suggested amount for the gift cards would be about $10 to $15 for some shopping (ie. Fairview) or perhaps to the movies, chapters, Pharmacy, Walmart, Visa, Etc. Please arrange for a drop off on these items and not to our drop off locations.

All gifts should be dropped off unwrapped, and there are various drop-off points in the West Island.  We have 5 drop off locations this year. For Gift cards please contact me at westislandmommies@gmail.com

Mon Gym West Island

2355-D Transcanadian Hwy, Pointe Claire

Monday 9am to 3pm
Tuesday 9am to 715pm
Wednesday 9am to 3pm
Thursday 9am to 7pm
Friday 10am to 8pm
Saturday 8:30am to 7:30pm
Sunday 8:30am to 7pm

Plaza Pointe Claire

Outside Ted’s Hobby Shop

269 Boulevard St.Jean
Pointe Claire, Qc

Monday7:00 AM9:00 PM
Tuesday7:00 AM9:00 PM
Wednesday7:00 AM9:00 PM
Thursday7:00 AM9:00 PM
Friday7:00 AM9:00 PM
Saturday7:00 AM6:00 PM
Sunday8:00 AM6:00 PM



Gamerz Cafe

4820 Boul. St Jean
Pierrefonds, Qc

Monday – Wednesday from 3:00PM to 11:00PM

Thursday and Friday from 3:00PM to 12:00AM

Saturday from 10:00AM to 12:00AM

Sunday from 10:00AM to 11:00PM


Bistro Merlot

3541 Blvd. St. Charles
Kirkland, QC

Monday Closed

Tuesday 11:30-2:30/ 5:00-9:00

Wednesday 11:30-2:30/ 5:00-9:00

Thursday 11:30-2:30/ 5:00-9:00

Friday 11:30-2:30/ 5:00-10:00

Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm

Sunday Closed

Modo Yoga WestIsland

3669, boulevard des Sources (3.75 mi)
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC

Monday: 8:00am-10:30pm
Tuesday: 6:30am-10:30pm
Wednesday: 8:00am-10:30pm
Thursday: 6:30am-10:30pm
Friday: 8:00am-10:30pm
Saturday: 6:30am-8:30pm
Sunday 6:30am-10:00pm



These baskets are being delivered to families on Dec. 18th, so the deadline to drop off your gift donation is Dec. 12th.

We know we can count on our great community to help out these families this Christmas season, so thank you in advance to all those that participate in this drive with us! We also want to thank our partners for drop-off points for this campaign –    Mon Gym Pte-Claire, Plaza Pointe Claire, Ted’s Hobby Shop , Gamerz Cafe and BIstro Merlot.

Meet Dr. Jordan Nemes, a local orthodontist in the West Island conveniently located at the Beaconsfield Dental Center (50 St. Charles Boulevard) and at Decarie Square in Montreal (6900 Decarie Boulevard, #250 Elna Dental).


Dr. Jordan Nemes and the entire NemesOrtho team strive on delivering the highest quality of orthodontic care to patients of all ages. The friendly and warm orthodontic practice provides Invisalign and braces to children and adults. Dr. Nemes’s objective is to provide the most aesthetic and functional result possible using the latest technology. You can rest assured that with Dr. Nemes, you and your family are in the best hands in the care of a board-certified orthodontist.

Booking a consult is easy – go to www.nemesortho.com and complete the contact form or call 514.694.1514 for the Beaconsfield Dental Center or 514.370.8887 for Decarie Square. No referrals needed!

Because everyone deserves a beautiful smile!


Here is a testimonial from one of our patients:

“The day came when my daughter needed braces, we were referred to Dr. Nemes for her care. We knew it was going to be a big process as her teeth were a mess. We are a year into our treatment and we could not be happier. Dr. Nemes is so kind and explains the process clearly to us and to our daughter. My daughter feels secure and safe in his care and trusts him with his treatment process. We are so excited to see the end results. We highly recommend Dr. Nemes for all your Ortho needs.” Tina W.


Dr. Nemes has been practicing since 2011, when he received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from NYU’s College of Dentistry. Prior to that Dr. Nemes earned his bachelor’s in science and master’s in dental science from McGill University. After NYU, Dr. Nemes completed a multidisciplinary general practice residency at the Jewish General Hospital (McGill University). Following his residency, Dr. Nemes practiced dentistry in Montreal and the West Island. Dr. Nemes obtained his second master’s degree and specialty training in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics from the University of Manitoba. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, and a member of l’Ordre des Dentistes du Québec (ODQ), the Canadian Association of Orthodontists (CAO), the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).


You can follow Dr. Nemes on social Media.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nemesortho/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nemesortho/

Well it started out as a regular Monday, until I received an email inviting me to attend a meet and greet with Howie D of the Backstreet Boys to discuss his new children’s album- Which one am I ? which debuts on July 12.
I thought a children’s album, how amazing is that. I quickly responded a yes and started my research on this new album.

So me and my family jumped in the car and headed to the Bell Center. They were going to drop me off and after the interview we were planning to hit up La Ronde . I entered the bell center with some true BSB fans awaiting Howie’s arrival.

We sat and listened attentively to Howie explain how this project came about. Having kids changes your whole perspective on life. When his son James was 5 it sparked something inside him and inspired to create this children’s album. Songs that children can relate to, dance and express who they are. It was also his way to sing about what he went through as a child – a mixed-race heritage youth and the things he had to deal with. The song “Monsters in my Head”, derived from a night when his son woke up after having bad dreams and he expressed to his dad ” I have these monsters in my head and I can’t get them out” something even us adults deal with on a daily basis.

Howie and his Family

We sat and listened to a couple of songs off the album and I gotta say I was blown away. When my daughter was little, we listed to a lot of children’s music and many were just stuck in our heads. But this cd is different. Along with being stuck in your head, you get the chance to dance and sing with your kids and can relate to each of the songs on the album. This album is turning into a musical called Howie D: Back in the Day. It will be debuting in early 2020 in Omaha Nebraska.

When the question period came, I raised my hand and asked:
” Have you considered writing children’s books to pair up with the cd?”

Anything is possible. This new album will bring up many new projects and take it in different directions. He is open to adding to this new part of his career.

We chatted some more about having kids, dealing with anxiety and this new venture in his career. He is a true inspiration and very humble. I cannot recommend this CD enough. The songs are relatable, catchy and you won’t feel guilty at all for playing it in the car even when the kids are not around. Order yours today!!!



A BIG shoutout to Howie and his generosity for inviting me to be a guest to the concert last night. I was able to take my daughter to her first BSB concert- 2nd concert for her. She was blown away and had the best time ever. So Thank you Howie D for making it a special night my daughter will never forget!!



We are so excited to be working with West Island Community Shares on a super fun summer fundraising program. It’s a great way to get your kids involved in their community and to give back!

The campaign is called- ” Powered by Kids.. For Kids”

What does that mean you ask? well, it’s a fantastic way to teach your kids about giving back to their community. WI Community shares has set up a special fund dedicated to local community kid charities that all these funds will go directly into. Challenge your children to give back by hosting a lemonade stand, a bake sale, cut your neighbours grass and so on and so on. The ideas are endless. Allow your child to come up with their own fundraiser and all funds will go directly to your community. Remember that the amount raised is irrelevant. The important thing is to help our children understand that not all kids are as fortunate as they are.

Head over to the West Island Community Shares website for all the details on how your child can set up their very own fundraiser page. This campaign will run all summer long. Get your local pool involved or day camp. Let’s come together and support our community and have lots of fun doing it!

Has anyone ever made you feel like the worst parent ever? I am sure as soon as your baby was born, there has been one time where someone made you feel inadequate as a parent.

A few years ago I spoke about parent shaming on social media. Here is a part 2 to that article. Parent shaming at the school level…

This type of parent shaming starts at the baby level.. do I or don’t I send my child to daycare? The struggle is real. With some parents it’s a no brainer, they work and child must go and some are home with their kids. Either way you do what you need to do for your family. No matter what, our society will still shame you on either decision. You must do what is best for your family and that’s it.

Now comes Elementary school. It starts with the comparisons: ” My child can count to 30 and speak 3 languages and write 20 words. What can your child do? ” This stage is huge in building your child and teaching them about bullying and how wrong it is. Yet the parents are the bigger bullies and kids learn from their parents.

I am currently in the phase of registering my daughter for High School. Registration for high school is way different then it was when I was in school. There are tons of programs to choose from and each school offers something different. First step, is in grade5 in the month of May, the students (by choice) take an exam to see if they qualify for the IB (
International Baccalaureate) Program and any other specialty programs that require an entrance test. We chose NOT to send our daughter for the exam as we know our child, this program is not for her. But I still got numerous comments from parents in all grades- ” You are Not sending her for the IB exam?” with that look of disgust and judgement. All I want to say to them is ” WTH is it to you what we decide to do for my child?” With so much pressure in schools, why can’t kids just go to school and learn and not be segregated into these programs where this side is the “Smart people” and this side is the “regular people” ? As a parent, it’s so frustrating! The fear iof your child being bullied cause she is not in the “smart” class is what I am dreading. Thankfully, we have brought up a smart, independant, strong girl who will stand up for herself and anyone she cares about. Sure there are repercussions for that too. Snitch, tattle tale, all things she has already been called because she stood up to bullies when someone else couldn’t. It’s so important to teach our kids that we should stand up for what is right NOT because they will look bad or be segragated for doing so. Looking forward to what high school will bring us next year and also scared at what social media, peer pressure, hormones etc will do to my child. I hope she can continue to be a strong, independent girl that I brought her up to be.

So with all that being said.. will this parent Shaming/ bullying ever stop? With social media in full play, I almost think it’s going to get worse before it ever gets better.